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Speaker: Thomas O'Brien
Title: Building sustainable accommodation for bacterial families: will it be possible to overcome the need for animal testing
Abstract: In the UK alone 1 in 5 UK citizens have a history of longstanding respiratory illness and over 6.5 million people take prescribed medication to treat these numerous diseases. Not surprisingly, the amount of research into these conditions reflects these numbers, with much of this research involving the use of animal models. In recent years it has come to light that these models do not accurately reflect the progression of disease within patients suffering from chronic lung diseases. It is particularly difficult to model and study the array of microorganisms which make their home in the lungs of patients suffering from these diseases. As such, our research primarily focuses on the development of an artificial, animal-free model that mimics the environment found within the lungs of patients suffering from cystic fibrosis. Allowing us to study the ecological interactions which take place here within more relevant physiological model that does not require the harming of animal species in the process.
The talk will be followed by wine and cheese.